A representative who spends over 10 years in public office without returning to life as a private citizen cannot help but lose touch with the concerns of private citizens. After a decade in office one becomes part of the power elite which only seeks to consolidate power. This is destructive of democracy. The longer an incumbent remains is in Washington, the greater is their entrenchment and obligation to the lobbyists and moneyed interests which have kept them in office and the more disconnected they become from their constituents.
In America, we are not meant to be led by a class that spends their entire lives in office. Democracy means we must all get involved. Congressional representatives should be selected from amongst the constituents which they would represent. Just like a jury, our representatives should selected from amongst the most astute of our peers.
As aware voters, we should never chose to return an incumbent to office unless they have achieved distinction and have proven to be of transformational character. This year especially we need to send the message that Americans are in control, not the politicians. We cannot continue voting for the political dynasty that has brought our country to the current state of disorder. We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results.
I will sponsor legislation to enact term limits so that our representatives can serve a maximum of four terms. Eight years is adequate time for a delegate to implement their objectives. But we needn’t wait for term limits to be enacted, just vote for the wave of independent candidates who are stepping forth to rebirth democracy in America.